William Kentridge

Artist whose powerfully political animation, sculpture and drawing also extends into performance and opera

The South African artist’s intelligent multidisciplinary works – drawing, animation, books, tapestry, music, theatre, dance, opera and a healthy dose of silent-movie slapstick exploring philosophy, art history, science and politics – continue to be in international demand. In April Kentridge unveiled a 550m-long frieze along the banks of the Tiber in Rome. Following on from shows in China and Korea in 2015, his numerous exhibitions in 2016 include: No It Is!, at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Entirely Not So, an exhibition of largescale lithographs, etchings, linocuts and serigraphs at Kewenig Galerie, Berlin, accompanied by a display of prints from the artist’s own collection; Thick Time – three largescale installations at the Whitechapel Gallery – and Paper Music – a series of live film and music performances at Print Room, both in London. Also in the UK capital this month, the artist’s touring production of Alban Berg’s opera Lulu will be performed at the English National Opera.